Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana Court on Wednesday granted interim anticipatory bail to Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan in a case where he has been accused of hurting religious sentiments of the Sikh community. He has been directed to join investigation within a week.
The controversy erupted after Maan, also the chairman of Dera Murad Shah, was heard saying that the founder of the Dera, Sai Laddi Shah, was a descendant of the third Sikh Guru Amar Dass.
The comment did not go down well with the Sikh community members who demanded action against him. Despite his apology, the protesters remained adamant on the police registering a case against him.
A complaint was lodged against Gurdas Mann. After protests by community members, the police lodged an FIR against Mann.
About a week ago, the Additional Sessions Judge dismissed the plea by Gurdas Maan in the case, after which the latter approached the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
Granting him interim relief, the HC observed that Gurdas Maan’s custody was not required as there was nothing to be recovered from him. Also, he was a renowned singer and not someone who could hide or abscond. Whether his words were deliberate or malicious would be a matter of investigation, the court observed.
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